New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are releasing Eddie Pleasant after bringing the veteran safety in just three days before training camp. ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the news on Sunday, followed by multiple confirmations.

Pleasant, 29, had spent the previous six seasons with the Patriots’ Week 1 opponent, the Houston Texans. He had an opportunity to make the 53-man roster as, at best, the fifth safety behind Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, and Nate Ebner. That spot appears likely to go to fourth-year safety Jordan Richards.

The Patriots now have 85 players on their roster. They have openings left by the released Pleasant, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Malcolm Mitchell, or offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn. The rookie first-round pick is apparently out for the season with an Achilles injury.

Veteran receiver Eric Decker also created an opening on the Patriots’ roster after announcing his retirement on Sunday.

Cornerback Jason McCourty played some safety for the Patriots during Friday’s preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers. That could be an indication that his chances of making the team as a cornerback are shaky, but the Patriots still want to find a spot for him. There’s a chance that he and Richards are in a late competition for a roster spot.

The Patriots still have four safety spots set, along with three at cornerback (Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Duke Dawson). The bottom of those respective depth charts will be a battle to watch in the final week of the preseason.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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